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Independent observers to monitor elections-2017

Independent observers will monitor elections-2017 in Kyrgyzstan. In particular, they intend to monitor that there is no bribery of voters and the use of administrative resources. This was announced today at a press conference by the director of the public foundation «Civil Platform» Ainur Usupbekova.

According to her, a total of 15 long-term observers and 500 short-term observers will work. They will monitor the electoral process in 12 cities — Bishkek, Osh, Karakol, Talas, Naryn, Jalal-Abad, Batken, Kyzyl-Kiya, Uzgen, Kara-Suu, Kara-Balta and Tokmak.

Long-term observers work since August 15. They will finish their work on October 20. They will monitor the entire electoral process, preparation for the elections and post-election period. Short-term observers will monitor the voting on October 15.

«The issue of voter bribery is in the sphere of private-public accusation. To prove who bribes and in whose favor, the applicant himself is needed. Article 140 of the Penal Code on liability for bribery doesn’t work, because the person himself must admit that he was bribed. Prove bribery is very difficult. But we will be engaged in preventive observation and try to react in the voting process,» Ainur Usupbekova said.

To help citizens to clarify themselves in the voter lists and to collect operational information on violations of the electoral law, a hot line with a short number of 1590 will be launched.